Traditional Indian Food: Benefits and Why There are no Western Equivalents

Nov 19, 2015 09:28 PM EST | By Pao Uychiat

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Indian food is becoming well known all over the world. The mixture of spices and herbs makes the taste uniquely distinct from other kinds of food. Not only does the food taste good but it also comes with some health benefits. According to Han sindia, a new study said that some health chefs warned that generally, most Indian takeaway food contain enough food good for 2 people. It means that you get enough food for 2 for the price of one.

Generally, these meals include everything from starters like onion bhaji, main course like chicken korma or tikka masala which is served with either pilau rice and a naan bread. Traditional Indian food is healthy, experts say. But a study of 280 takeaway samples from 36 food outlets all over Ireland and Northern Ireland showed that they contained more than an adult's recommended daily calorie intake.

University of Ulster team of researchers found that an average serving of peshwari naan bread contained 748 calories, while an average dish of tikka masala main course harboured 1,249 calories. These starters which were tested has one third of an adult's daily amount of salt. Meanwhile, the rice portions in the meal where big enough for two people to consume.

The Director of human health and nutrition with the Safefood group, Cliodhna Foley-Nolan said that authentic and traditional Indian food are low in fat, rich in fruits and vegetables and high in fibre. Local chefs adapted the original recipe and try to fuse in some twists to suit local taste that are high in salt, fat and have bigger servings per meal.

On a different note, you might be wondering why there's no such thing as a "Westernized" version of Indian food. The Guardian, through their Lifestyle post Why is there no Indian food version of Pizza Express or Wagamama?, asked their readers to share their thoughts. 

Gilli68 said, "Because Indian food is regional (as is pizza to some extent and Asian food) and it would be a shame to generalise such a rich and diverse cuisine."

Greg Samsa posted,"...asking to be like Wagamama means:

* Pretending to be authentic,
* Eliminating all the strong yet interesting flavors,
* Catering to faux cosmopolitan poseurs,
* Overpriced and underwhelming.

Now why would you wish such evil on good old Indian food?"

Why should we, indeed? Although more and more people are discovering the goodness of Indian food, many still feel that a fast-food setting will only take the authenticity out of the traditional Indian dishes. 

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